Virginia Continues Working On Healthcare Benchmarks | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Continues Working On Healthcare Benchmarks

Play associated audio

Virginia has until the fall of this year to devise its own benchmark plan for healthcare, or accept by default the benchmarks mandated by the federal healthcare law.

Members of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council have made progress, but continue the laborious task of devising a comprehensive plan.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on the healthcare lawsuit, states must proceed as if the federal law is constitutional. The law mandates a state structure that allows one-stop shopping and subsidies for individuals without coverage to buy insurance if they're between 138 and 400-percent of the federal poverty level.

But as Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel explains, the state must decide who sets benchmarks, copays, and what should go into a base package that's still affordable.

"The base problem with the access to healthcare already is the expense," says Hazel. "Now then there's the other problem where if you don't have a benefit and someone needs that benefit, it may be harder for them to get it, so the job is balance."

The Virginia Association of Health Plans has endorsed using anthem's small group PPO as the blueprint for the state's base plan. Once the council makes its decisions, the General Assembly and federal officials will also make adjustments.

NPR

The Other Rock History

What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.
NPR

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
NPR

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
NPR

New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.